The Best Places to Visit in Montana, USA
The Best Places to Visit in Montana, USA
One of the most northerly of the US states, often referred to as Big Sky Country, Montana is spectacular, with rugged scenery and plentiful wildlife, particularly around the Rocky Mountains in the west. It is also popular for scenic drives and abundant wildlife (the state's very name suggests a strong connection to nature, and is taken from the Spanish for mountain: montaña).
The majestic Rocky Mountains, the wide open prairies, and the clear winding rivers make Montana a vacation wonderland. The state's colorful human and natural history, touching on everything from Lewis and Clark to paleontology to Old West mines, is the subject of many attractions that appeal to visitors from around the world.
#1.Glacier National Park
#3.Montana Historical Museum
#4.Lewis & Clark Trail
#5.Museum of the Rockies
#6. Editor's Pick Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
#7.Gates of the Mountains, Missouri River
#8.Big Sky Montana
THE BLACKFOOT NATION | Canada's First Nations
We travel through southern Alberta, Canada to learn more about the Blackfoot Confederacy, one of the most legendary tribes of the North American plains.
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Desiree Yellowhorn at Writing on Stone Provincial Park:
- Treffrey Deerfoot and his family at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump UNESCO World Heritage Site:
- Clayton for the lessons with the atlatl -
- Buffalo Rock Tipi Camp:
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- Canon Powershot S120:
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Glacial Lake Missoula - Ice Age Floods #1
#1 of 10 slideshows from the region showing the impact of Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age Floods #iceagefloods
During the last Ice Age, the Cordilleran Ice Sheet covered much of western Canada with lobes extending down into what is now Washington, Idaho and Montana. One of those lobes crossed the Clark Fork River and extended down Idaho's Purcell Valley. This effectively dammed the Clark Fork River, a major river system in western Montana.
Glacial meltwater filled up the area behind this ice dam, creating Glacial Lake Missoula. Glacial Lake Missoula covered as much as 3,000 square miles of western Montana, and was as much as 2,000 feet deep in places - holding enough water to fill both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
When the water got deep enough, it floated the glacier lobe that was blocking the Clark Fork River, effectively destroying it. And when that happend, Glacial Lake Missoula emptied in a matter of a few days, sending a wall of water hundreds of feet high flooding across eastern Washington towards the Columbia River and on to the Pacific Ocean.
These floods scoured the topsoil off the basalt rock that underlies eastern Washington and carved channels - coulees - across the region. Glacial icebergs floated large rocks from their original locations, depositing them dozens to hundreds of miles away.
Then the glacier lobe moved back into the Clark Fork River valley, and the process started over, repeating several dozen times over about 2,000 years.
Over the years I have visited dozens of sites across Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon that were created or altered by these Ice Age floods. This is the first of 10 slide shows featuring these sites.
The Photos (in order)
W12A0143 - The Purcell Valley - a.k.a. Purcell Trench - seen from Idaho's Highway 53
W12A0114 - Cabinet Gorge is where the glacial blocked the Clark Fork River leading to the creation of Glacial Lake Missoula; the water reached levels as much as 2,000 feet above today's dam at Cabinet Gorge
W12A0115 - The Clark Fork River below the dam flows into Idaho
C05A0438 - Imagine the Clark Fork River valley and adjacent valleys filled with the waters of Glacial Lake Missoula
I15A0223 - A sign along the scenic drive at Montana's National Bison Range marks the highest point that Glacial Lake Missoula ever reached, at about 4,200 feet elevation
I15A0229 - The shores of Glacial Lake Missoula are marked by strandlines found in several locations around Montana, including these on Red Sleep Mountain at the National Bison Range
I15A0186 - Glacial Lake Missoula strandlines are especially visible on Mt. Jumbo (pictured) and Mt. Sentinel at Missoula, Montana
I15A0178 - Near mile marker 81 along I-90 in Montana are alternating layers of river silt and lake sediments from Glacial Lake Missoula, created as the lake repeatedly filled and emptied over a couple thousand years; the bands provide some insight into how often Glacial Lake Missoula filled and how long each ice dam lasted
Turtle River State Park: Spring Visual Tour
This short film introduces the less-traveled regions of the Turtle River State Park, Arvilla, North Dakota. Candidly, I refer to this park as my personal 'Environmental Studies Area' (or ESA). The abundance of water and the rich diversity of plant life support a seasonally-astonishing plethora of small animal life (in addition to vast populations of much maligned ticks and mosquitoes). Most of the moth fauna featured in my 'YouTube' films and photographs archived in my 'Bug Guide' collections (2009-2015) were found and photographed in this State Park. I am grateful to have invested many hundreds of hours of my life, cultivating solemn solitude while wandering the meandering creek beds, the hardwood forests, and the varied topography of the Turtle River State Park. This film, an all too brief, 4-minute visual introduction to the TRSP, was made on 26 April 2015, just before the swollen leaf buds on the ash, aspen, basswood, box elder, cottonwood and oak were fully morphed into photosynthetically-functional leaves.
Badlands National Park Landscapes - Time-lapse and Real Time
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Badlands National Park is one of my favorite places. It is located in western South Dakota in the Great Plains of North America. Although considered part of the “Great American Desert”, it is not a true desert, and our last few trips there have seen some frightening thunder storms with plenty of rain. Rain in the Badlands creates an incredibly sticky mud out of the clay made largely of ancient volcanic ash.
The national park has truly awesome scenery of rock formations grasslands with herds of bison and prairie dog towns. I recommend that people stop and take a look for themselves. However, I’d caution anyone about camping in the park due to the possibility of high winds and hail as seen in the video. In summer the heat can be intense and with shade hard to come by, stiflingly unpleasant.
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Equipment used in this video
Real-time and time lapse:
Nikon D750 dslr camera
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens
Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Digital Camera
Photos for timelapse edited in Adobe Lightroom 5.
Video created in Sony Movie Studio 13
Horses to Water by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena
Postcards: Minnesota River Parks
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Travel down the Minnesota River and discover the sensational opportunities that await you at Big Stone Lake, Lac qui Parle, Upper Sioux Agency and Fort Ridgely State Parks. Narrated by award-winning journalist Ken Speake, Minnesota River Parks has something for everyone.